Robber Puts Knife to Grandma’s Throat, Grandma Puts Gun In His Face

From:, by: AWR Hawkins, on: April 22, 2015, see the article HERE.


On Monday, a would-be robber put a knife to the throat of a 74-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, grandma — and the grandma responded by pointing a gun at the robber’s face and telling him to “back off.”

The attempted robbery ended at that point.

According to NBC 5, Jewell Turner was sitting in her vehicle outside a doctor’s office when the someone tapped on her window, indicating he needed directions. She rolled down the window and said the man just small-talked and asked for directions, then pulled a knife and put it to her throat.

Turner said the man said, “I don’t want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to.”

At that point Turner says she thought about reaching for her deceased husband’s knife — which was in the vehicle — but then remembered that she had her pistol with her. This is how she described the events that unfolded next: “I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife. I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’”

Turner said the man’s “eyes got big” and he backed away, then “took off walking down the street like nothing happened.”

Turner gave police a description of the attacker, whom she described as 25 years old at most with “pale skin and sandy blonde hair.” She said, “I just hope they find him before he hurts somebody, or somebody hurts him.”


Turner told NBC 5 she felt taken advantage of by the man, who preyed upon her sense of kindness to help a stranger. What’s more, Turner said, she now fears she will no longer see the good in people. “This let me know there is a dark side,” Turner said. “I noticed there was a dark side in me, too. Because when I first pulled that gun on him I actually wanted to shoot him. But I stopped and thought about it.”

She probably did the right thing although he’s still walking the street and is likely to do something similar again – perhaps the next time more successfully. On the other hand, maybe when he changes his boxers he’ll remember why he crapped himself while looking down the barrel of a handgun and will go straight? A close encounter with death can sometimes do that.





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5 Responses to Robber Puts Knife to Grandma’s Throat, Grandma Puts Gun In His Face

  1. Saltwater says:

    A perfect example of defensive gun use. I know that some will bemoan this was not a DRT story, and decry Granny for not giving the perp a third nostril. However, I applaud her composure and constraint. She did exactly what was needed to protect herself, but only what was needed. Score another one for the “good gals” with a gun.

  2. Kathy says:

    Good for her! A lot people want these kinds of stories to be DRTs, and that’s easy to say from behind a keyboard. You can’t know until you’ve been there. This guy has a 50-50 shot of being scared straight, and she doesn’t have to live with knowing she shot/killed someone.

    Thankfully, she’s in a state that respects her right to carry.

  3. Uriel says:

    I agree Salwater. She did the right thing to protect herself then was able to describe the guy. Having been a victim of a hold up, I know what it means. I was able to do the same and the kid was then caught and sentenced but in my case luckily he was too frightened to use the gun on me.

  4. Jack W. Heiny, Jr. says:

    God Bless Grandma. A brave and no nonsense Senior Citizen and a role model for our American Constitution Supporters.

  5. tannngl says:

    She did the right exact thing! The fact that she was ready to shoot him made her win this thing. You never pick up a gun unless you’re ready to shoot. (I some of you don’t agree with me but I pray I don’t hesitate when I or my loved ones are in danger.)

    What state was this, as Kathy said? TX?
    And she didn’t say but it sounds like her gun was laying on the seat?

    Great post, Garnet!